Carbon-neutral value chain: measuring footprint of one coffee from Brazil to Denmark

Imagine if you could offer your end customer to calculate the Co2 emissions of their coffee?
- Sounds futuristic? Well, Sancoffee and CleverCoffee prove it's already possible.

Taking the responsibility for Co2 impact to mitigate Climate Change

In the last years we observed that the coffee industry has been directly affected by severe droughts, hailstorms, frosts, and storms, which interfered with the physiological cycle of the coffee plants, and consequently with the production. Under the framework of the Paris Climate Accords of 2015, national governments have made strong commitments to take action not to allow a temperature increase above 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In order to achieve this goal, it will be necessary for all stakeholders to work collectively to mitigate Climate Change.  

We believe that every business must measure their carbon footprint and take responsibility for reducing their Co2 impact. Sancoffee began measuring emissions and removals back in 2020 and keep growing the scope of the project year after year. Sancoffee partnered with CleverCoffee who share the same values and bring climate initiatives to the core of their business operation.

This year the two companies decided to combine their efforts and calculate the total carbon footprint of one coffee lot across the whole value chain to give the industry and the end customer the most comprehensive overview of the impact generated from farm to cafe.


Carbon-neutral value chain: Fazenda Santa Clara Brazil -> Impact No 01 CleverCoffee

Launched in Q1 2023 in collaboration between Sancoffee and CleverCoffee, Impact No 01 is the first Co2 neutral coffee backed by emissions data. 

  • All data presented represents emissions and removals calculated proportionally for one specific lot (order volume vs total produced and shipped volume)
  • The data for the farm’s emission is for 2021 as the 2022 data is still being processed but we don’t expect any significant change due to a consistent environmental policy at all Sancoffee farms

Measurement methodology

The methodology used by both Sancoffee and CleverCoffee  was the Greenhouse Gases Protocol (GHG protocol) followed by the guidelines of UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and also coffee growing scientific literature.

GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.

Removals and offsetting

Removals at the farm come from native trees, coffee crops, planted forests, land use change and isolated trees spread across the farmlands.

To offset its operational emissions, Sancoffee purchased credits from The Envira Amazonia Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil, validated and verified by Verra Carbon Standard, becoming a Carbon Neutral company.

To offset emissions generated from the part of the chain from Santos port, CleverCoffee purchased carbon credits from Ecologi. From shipping from Brazil to the roastery until packaged and shipped to customers. 

You can check CleverCoffee’s individual and smaller regeneration projects on their Ecologi page.

How the two carbon reduction journeys started